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Wednesday Morning Man: Ryan Kwanten!

Many of you fell in love with Ryan Kwanten watching him on HBO’s True Blood on which he played endearingly dim himbo Jason Stackhouse.

Today he turns 42 and happy birthday to him!

Before True Blood came along, the Aussie actor played Vinnie Patterson from 1997 to 2002 in the Australian soap opera Home and Away. After his stint ended, he joined the American teen drama series Summerland, portraying Jay Robertson.

Ryan currently stars in the TV series Oath.

But he caught my eye on an episode of Law & Order: SVU as a military guy wrongly accused of rape. The 33-year-old Aussie actor was so good in that episode and his chemistry with series star Mariska Hargitay was off-the-charts.

In 2010, Ryan chatted The Advocate and they covered all kinds of gay ground.

Here are some highlights:

Before True Blood, you starred as a lifeguard in the Australian soap Home and Away. Were you aware of gay fans that early in your career?
Yes, they’ve always been very staunch supporters of me. The great thing is that it’s a loyal fan base — they’ll stick with you through thick and thin, and I like that. You can’t buy that kind of loyalty.

I read a story in Star that claimed you purposely keep your love life private in part because you’re so conscious of your gay following. Any truth to that?
Well, it’s in Star, so it’s got to be true. [Laughs] But yeah, and, to be honest, it’s more than my love life. It was Einstein who once said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” We almost know too much about far too many actors in this day and age — to the point where it becomes harder and harder to see them as a character. So I’ve always tried to maintain somewhat of an air of mystery.

Were you always comfortable with the idea of male admirers?
Oh, yeah. Australians are a very open-minded society, and I come from a very liberal, open family, so it’s something that I’ve embraced from the get-go. My youngest brother, Lloyd, is gay.

Tell me about him.
He’s a doctor, so he got every ounce of intelligence in the family. He was probably about 18 when he came out, and I can wholeheartedly tell you that from the day that he did, he was a changed man for the better. The sheer beauty of who he is really came through.

Let’s talk True Blood. With the exception of Jason, all the major male characters were involved in homoerotic action last season. Did you feel left out?
Well, there are more seasons to come, so there’s still many an opportunity. I’m sure Alan Ball’s concocting some road to take Jason down that he’s never been down before.

UPDATE: In a 2014 episode of True Blood, Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and vampire Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) hooked up in one of the steamiest dream sequences I’ve seen – perhaps ever!

Enjoy!



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3 Remarks

  1. Ryan certainly is hot. I don’t think there is much question as to which team he plays for though, unless he is intentionally trying to mislead the public like Ricky Martin did.

  2. Love Jason in True Blood! The funniest scene is when Jason had to dance for “V.” (Season 1, Episode 3). Talk about sexy!!!! Check it out on You Tube.

  3. Such a cute man! Love him.

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